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London Borough of Merton

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.merton.gov.uk/libraries/localstudies.asp
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): LND, SRY

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies Centre
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Tel: 020 8545 3239
Fax: 020 8545 4037
[email protected]
All material listed below is held at the Local Studies Centre unless stated otherwise.

Opening hours:

Monday: 09.30-19.00
Tuesday: 09.30-17.00
Wednesday: 09.30-13.00
Thursday: 09.30-19.00
Friday: 09.30-19.00
Saturday: 09.30-17.00

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes, enquiry service offered by Local Studies staff. Contact by mail, phone 020 8545 3239 or email:[email protected]
For detailed local history enquiries, contact Surrey History Centre ( address shown in Section 15 )

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Contact Surrey History Centre
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations For access to Birth, Marriage and Death registers for the Merton area ( Colliers Wood, Merton, Mitcham, Morden, Pollards Hill, Raynes Park, West Barnes, Wimbledon ) please contact:
Merton Registry Office,
Morden Park House,
Morden Park,
London Rd.

5. Census returns

Parishes of Merton and Morden: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 (bound volumes)
Parishes of Wimbledon, Mitcham, Merton & Morden: 1881 (microfilm)
Parishes of Wimbledon, Mitcham, Merton & Morden: 1891 (microfiche)
Wimbledon 1841-1891
Parishes of Mitcham: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 (bound volumes)
Parishes of Mitcham, Morden and Merton: 1881 (microfilm)
Parishes of Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden and Merton: 1891 (microfiche)
Parishes of Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden and Merton: 1901 (microfiche)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Bound (complete) street directories for the following years:

1891, 1892 Kelly's directory of Wimbledon, Merton, Mitcham, Sutton

1905/96, 1909/10, 1910/11, 1911/12, 1912/13, 1913/14, 1915/16
Kelly's directory of Wimbledon, Merton, Mitcham and Morden

Bound (complete) street directories for the following years:
Kelly's directories:
Wimbledon, Merton, Mitcham and Sutton: 1891, 1892, 1905/1906
Wimbledon, Merton, Mitcham and Morden: 1909/1916
Wimbledon: 1918-1923; 1931-1940
Wimbledon & Merton: 1924
Wimbledon, Merton & Morden: 1925-1930

Trim's directories:
Wimbledon & Merton: 1899-1908

6(b) City and Town Directories

Photocopies of the residents' and commercial sections for Mitcham, Morden, Merton and Wimbledon from street directories (Post Office, Pigot's, Kelly's, Robson's etc.) from 1824-1899

Photocopies of the residents' and commercial sections for Mitcham from street directories for 1903, 1905, 1907, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1934

S.W. London (various, coverage depending on year, but including Wimbledon) 1824-1950

6(c) Telephone Directories

Directory for London borough of Merton: 1972 to date
Thomson Directory for Sutton-Merton area: 1981/82 to date
London Borough of Merton: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995

Kingston, Wimbledon and district. 1955 to date.

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Surrey N.E. 1891-1898
Wimbledon 1906-1909; 1927 to date
Merton and Morden (i.e. South Wimbledon): 1891-1898
Merton and Morden (i.e. South Wimbledon): 1927-1939; 1945 to date
Parish of Mitcham: 1891-1898
Mitcham: 1932-1939/40; 1945 to date

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition for the United Kingdom (microfiche)

1992 edition: parish registers of Surrey (microfiche)

9. Unpublished Indexes

In-house indexes to census:
For Merton:
1841 (complete surname index; incomplete street index);
1851 (complete surname index; incomplete street index);
1861 (incomplete street index)

For Morden:
1841 (complete surname index; incomplete street index);
1851 (complete surname index; incomplete street index);
1861 (incomplete street index)

Wimbledon biography
Index to houses/streets in Wimbledon

Times obituaries available at Wimbledon Reference Libraries

In-house indexes (hand written on cards):
Street index to bound volumes of census, 1841-1871
Name indexes to bound volumes of census, 1841-1861 (complete); 1871 (incomplete)
'Dictionary' catalogue to local history collection holdings received from 1933-mid-1970s (typed cards)
Author/title classified catalogue to local collection holdings received from mid-1970s to late 1980s (typed cards)
Subject index to local newspapers 1933 to date

10. Parish Registers

Many Harleian Society registers for London. Some Surrey parish registers published by Surrey Parish Register Society

The Church of St Peter and St Paul (Mitcham Parish Church): microfiche of transcriptions and indexes for baptisms and burials, 1779-1812

Also Monumental Inscriptions from St. Mary the Virgin, Merton, 1675-1995 on microfiche.

Wimbledon Parish: 1538/9 to 1812, transcript (bound volume), including index of names and places

Morden Parish: 1634-1812, transcript, bound volume
Re: Parish registers transcribed by the Harleian Society - Please note, these are currently held in the store at:
Mitcham Library,
157, London Rd.
Tel. 020 8648 4070
If you wish to view a particular register at Merton Local Studies Centre, please contact us in advance on 020 8545 3239 or via email:
[email protected] and we will make the necessary arrangements.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Visitations of....Harleian Society (many volumes) [at present held at Wimbledon Reference Library]

Surrey Record Society (many volumes)

13. Other material

Wimbledon and Merton Roll of Honour (First World War)

Collection of photographs, early years of nineteenth century to date
Collection of maps, nineteenth century to date

14. Guides to Collections

Merton Library Service. Notes on Local History no. 12. Materials for the Local History of the London Borough of Merton. 3rd ed. 1993. Free (Contains brief details of holdings of parish registers, directories, maps, etc. and details of local record offices etc.)

15. Local Record Offices

Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
GU21 1ND
Tel: 01483 594594
Fax: 01483 594595
Email: [email protected]

Other information

Further information regarding the collections of Merton Local Studies Centre can be obtained from the Heritage Officer. Contact:
Sarah Gould
Merton Local Studies Centre,
Merton Civic Centre,
London Rd.
Tel. 020 8545 3239
[email protected]